This week going back to school after 2 1/2 weeks off has about killed us all! It has been a little tough getting back into the swing of things- bedtimes and routines, work schedules and carpool lines, we are all worn out! But here I am, with one more post this week, about the one thing that has saved dinner this week- my new Instant Pot!
I was so happy to get an Instant Pot for Christmas this year! If you’re not familiar, the Instant Pot is as an electric pressure cooker, but it does so much more! You can saute and simmer in it, steam food, use it as a slow cooker, you can make soups, roasts, stews, YOGURT, CHEESECAKE IN IT!!! And things that typically take all day to cook in a crock pot (like roasts, beans, etc) take half the time or less in the Instant Pot. It’s an amazing kitchen appliance, and I have been using mine almost every day since I opened it!
If you follow my Instastories on Instagram, you may have seen some of the successes we’d had with the Instant Pot thus far! Today for Friday Favorites, I’m sharing my 5 favorite Instant Pot recipes that we’ve made so far.
Black Eyed Peas
The very first thing I made in the IP were our black eyed peas on New Year’s Day! What would typically take all night to soak and all day to cook, took 1 hour in the IP! I added a bag of dry black eyed peas, 4 cups of water, a few sliced of bacon, and about 4 ounces of ham all to the IP. I cooked them on manual for 30 minutes, and the I natural pressure released for about 30 minutes. When I opened the pot, they were perfect!” We don’t eat black eyed peas a lot, but these made me want to eat them a whole not more now!
Chicken Tortilla Soup
My first try at soup in the Instant Pot was a great success. And so easy! Chopped up an onion and bell pepper, added diced tomatoes and black beans, FROZEN chicken breasts, a bunch of chicken stock, and a few other things to the pot. I set the pot to manual and 8 minutes. Once the pot came to pressure (it has to heat up enough to make the liquid in the pot create steam to create enough pressure in the pan to cook the meal), which took about 30 minutes, it cooked for 8 minutes, then I quick released the pressure, shredded the chicken, and DONE! I will say that I have made soup faster than an hour (start to finish, about how long it took), BUT…this tasted like it had simmered on the stove for hours. And the good thing about the pot is you can throw your ingredients in there, set it and pretty much forget it! Here’s the complete recipe if you want to try this one out: https://gfdoctormom.wordpress.com/2016/07/21/instant-pot-chicken-tortilla-soup/
Steel Cut Oatmeal
Typically, I don’t even like oatmeal. And the kids don’t really love it either. But I wanted to try steel cut oats since it’s a great breakfast option, and healthier than cereal for the kids! I tried this recipe, and we all loved it. It was just slightly sweet, thanks to the honey, and we added walnuts and dried cranberries for a little crunch. It takes a little longer than pouring a bowl of cereal on a weekday, but it would be great for a Saturday or Sunday morning!
We’ve been making quinoa a lot lately to go in salads or instead of rice. And it’s so easy in the IP! Toss in the quinoa and some chicken broth (more flavorful than plain water!), and perfectly cooked quinoa in no time! Here’s the recipe I used: http://www.rebootedmom.com/2016/06/11/how-to-make-quinoa-in-the-instant-pot/
You can put chicken in the crock pot with a can of chicken broth, and you’ll have cooked chicken easily shredable after 8 hours or so on low. OR, you can have it in 30 minutes! From FROZEN breasts! We’ve done this twice in the past two weeks just because it’s SO EASY and SO FAST. The first time I made the chicken for the Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip shown above (bottom right), and then I made the chicken again last night to put in Chicken Street Tacos (both recipes SO GOOD, by the way). It’s really so easy, and shredded chicken can be prepared once or twice a week and then used in so many preparations! Here’s the recipe I used.
If you have an Instant Pot, show your successes and recipes! I am dying for more!!
Hope you have a great weekend!